The writers in the running for the newest prize for Zambian writers, the Kalemba Short Story Prize 2018, have been announced. They are Chanda Chongo, Peter Nawa, Andrew Nguvu, Sampa Musaba, Mali Kambandu, and Mutinta Nanchengwa.
The Kalemba Short Story Prize was announced late last year with the aim of bringing Zambian writers to the fore. Those who entered the prize would be in the running of a healthy prize money of US$1,000 announced at a special ceremony in Zambia’s capital country.
The prize announced those who would be judging the entries and deciding who would end up being the biggest new writer to come out of the Central African country. Those who would be making those decisions are Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Namwali Serpell, Ainehi Edoro and Mulenga Kapwepwe. This panel as you can see includes internationally acclaimed and award winning authors, publishers and scholars.
In February 28, the prize announced the 35 writers on the longlist who would still be in the running. The full list of those in the longlist were Marika Musonda, Maurice Siamuzwe, Gloria Machalo, Mali Kambandu, Nawa Mwituma, Wongani Ngulube, Dennis Mwansa, Chola Chisengalumbwe, Loti Nyirongo, Peter Nawa, Mutinta Nanchengwa, Kgotso Tembo, Chanda Chongo, Andrew Nguvu, Natasha Kwalombota, Kapaya Kaoma, Jonas Lumbila, Chimuka Malambo, Nasilele Mwanangombe, Sampa Musaba, Enock Simbaya, Tafadzwa Lamba, Suraya Manjra, Inonge Mufungulwa, Kapesa Singogo, Maliwa Mutikitela, Joy Lubinda, Nambeye Katebe, James Shimwitwa, Ignatius Ngoma, Elisha Muyoyeta, Emily Pensulo, Muchemwa Sinkala, Nathan Tembo, and Mwanamuke Nawa.
Earlier today, the prize organisers announced those in the running for all the glory and they are;
- A Broken Road in Utopia – Chanda Chongo
- A Degree of Alone – Peter Nawa
- God of the Mind – Andrew Nguvu
- The Mango Tree – Sampa Musaba
- A Hand to Hold – Mali Kambandu
- The Legacy of Moombe – Mutinta Nanchengwa
The judges described the short listed stories as “gripping, lyrical, exciting, at times dark but lovely” all in all showcasing “raw talent” as they deal with love, alienation, betrayal, race, contamination and various forms of resistance.
The prize will be announced at a later date.